26 Sept 2022

LATEST: Summary of all the results, news and reaction from the Carlow Local Election

Two new councillors elected as Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael hit six seats each

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Adrienne Wallace addresses the count centre crowd, she's one of two new local councillors (the other being John McDonald FF)

Counting has concluded in the Askea Boys National School for the 2019 Carlow Local Election and two new councillors have been elected as Fine Gael's Tom O'Neill also regained the seat he lost in 2014. 

All eighteen seats have now been filled. 

The first of the councillors were elected on Saturday in the Carlow Town Local Electoral Area on the first count with a landslide victory for Fianna Fáil.

The quota for Carlow Town wad 920 with a total poll of 7,477 and Cllr Andrea Dalton secured an incredible 1,086 votes in her first Local Election to secure one of the seven seats. 

Cllr Fintan Phelan topped the poll with a remarkable 1,711 votes in Carlow Town. 


Cllr Phelan said: "I'm absolutely over the moon to top the poll on my second time out. 

"I want to thank everybody who came out; it's a huge endorsement and a huge mandate for me. 

"I'm honoured to have been given the trust of the people of Carlow to give me 1,711 first preference votes.

"I want to thank my family and my team of supporters."  

Cllr Fergal Browne (FG) and Cllr Ken Murnane (FF) got elected on the second count in Carlow Town to take four of the seven seats.

On Sunday, Fine Gael's Tom O'Neill was elected in Carlow Town and regained the seat he lost in 2014.

The incumbent Cllr John Cassin, now an Independent councillor, was re-elected. 

Sinn Féin lost their seat in Carlow Town after Ciarán Dooley was eliminated on Sunday.

The last seat was filled by People Before Proift candidate, Adrienne Wallace, a new councillor in the county, after she pipped Fine Gael's Wayne Fennell. 

Incumbent councillor Tommy Kinsella (FG) was elected on the first count in Bagenalstown.

Cllr Willie Quinn was also re-elected on Sunday morning.

Cllr Andy Gladney (SF) retained his seat in the new five seater in Bagenalstown (down from eight seats) and got emotional speaking to Carlow Live. 

It means a great deal to him to get re-elected and he has bucked the Sinn Féin trend nationally. 

All five seats in Bagenalstown were filled at 2pm on Sunday with the election of Cllr Michael Doran and Cllr Arthur McDonald.

Unfortunately, the incumbent Cllr Denis Foley, a public representative for 40 years, has lost his seat.

He was first elected to Carlow County Council in 1999.

His colleagues have been paying tribute to him and his service to the people of Bagenalstown. 

There were six seats on offer in the Tullow MD with John Pender (FF) and Charlie Murphy (IND) elected on the first count.

To hear what they had to say about getting re-elected, click here.

The third and fourth seats have gone to Brian O'Donoghue (FG) and Will Paton (LAB) with John Murphy (FG) taking the fifth seat at 4.30pm on count seven on Sunday.

Cllr O'Donoghue said he was "humbled" to have been re-elected. 

John McDonald (FF) has taken the sixth seat in Tullow at the expense of Jim Deane (SF).

An emotional Jim Deane left the count centre in Askea shortly after the result but showed huge class in congratulating John McDonald on the result and wishing him the best of luck. 

The European Election ballots have been transferred to Cork and will be counted there early next week. 


Carlow has passed the divorce referendum to allow a lower waiting time to separate. 

A total of 79.8% voted Yes in Carlow and turnout was 48.3%.

The vote will pave the way for the Government to legislate for a shorter period of separation between spouses before applying for divorce, which currently stands at four years.

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